Microsoft Studios has announced that they will publish Rise of Nations: Extended Edition. This game is an updated bundle which features the real time strategy title Rise of Nations and the Throne and Patriots expansion. The game will be available through Steam this June.
Rise of Nations: Extended Edition will come at a cost of $19.99 and availability of the game is held exclusively for PCs that run on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Players who preorder the game now will get a 20% discount bringing the price down to $15.99.
The game is a rework of the 2003 Game of the Year hit Rise of Nations. It?s a real time strategy game that spans all history and has been the go to replayable RTS for a lot of fans. Players start out with a single city in the Ancient Age where they do a lot of the usual stuff like gathering resources, building infrastructure, researching technologies, constructing Wonders of the World like the Pyramids and the Eiffel Tower. Players will also need to expand their military might using bombers, battleships, tanks, and many more.
The extended edition of the game includes the following enhancements:
- Improved Visuals for water and textures as well as full screen anti-aliasing
- Full Steamworks Integration like Multiplayer with ranked matches, Achievements, Trading Cards, and Cloud saves
- Extended Features like Twitch Integration for streaming
It looks like Microsoft Studios acquired the rights for the Rise of Nations franchise during the asset auction for the now defunct 38 Studios which included the IP originally developed by the Maryland based publisher, Big Huge Games. The Rise of Nations games together with the Rise of Legends games were purchased in December of last year.
System requirements of the game are as follows:
- OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8.1+
- Processor: 1.6
- Memory: 1 GB RAM
- Graphics: Direct X 10+ Capable GPU
- DirectX: Version 10
- Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
- Sound Card: Direct X Compatible Sound Card
- Additional Notes: GPU at least (Integrated HD 3000, X1950, 8600GT)
- OS: Windows 7, 8.1+
- Processor: 2.6 Ghz
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: Direct X 11+
- DirectX: Version 11
- Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
- Additional Notes: GeForce 9800GTX, Radeon 4850+
Photo Source: Rise of Nations Steam Page